Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Butterfly Cake Decor on Lemony Hell Cake

Decorative Cake Decor on Lemony Hell Cake

I call this the lemony hell cake only because it was pure hell trying to make a lemon flavoured italian meringue buttercream. I will probably not make this icing again, but aside from this, this cake was fun to make!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lucky Vanilla Cake and a First birthday Party (Gluten-Free)

I promised myself I would make birthday cakes much simpler ever since my Elmo cake saga. Though this experience was simpler, it still was A LOT of work. But I keep learning and every time I make a new creative cake, I learn ways to make it easier for the next time. This time around, I finally made a cake frosting I can be proud of, a sugar-free birthday cake buttercream frosting!! The icing you see here, in this picture is completely sugar free. It's made with honey and stevia and NO, it does not taste like bitter stevia nor does it taste like the distinct honey taste. It's sweet and smooth, just like your ordinary American buttercream frosting. I also finally, after a year of trial and error, nailed my gluten free vanilla cake. So, this post is special. Two special recipes to share with you. Although I might post my buttercream frosting recipe in a couple of weeks when I have more time to show you more examples of what it can do.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Gluten Free Cheesecake and Chocolate Cake Pops for a Wedding

I made these cake pops for a wedding. It was my first large-scale cake pop making so I was a bit nervous, but I'm so glad I did it. The experience was worth it all.

It was a crazy Sunday when I was thinking up crazy schemes. This particular Sunday I decided that making cake pops as a side business would be a great idea. I then thought of the wedding I was going to a month later and what gift I would get. I put those thoughts together and out came my idea. Make cake pops for their wedding! It would give me experience making a lot of cake pops for someone else and it would be a nice gift since I knew they would appreciate gluten free cake pops. To my lucky surprise, the bride went for it! Ask, and you shall receive I tell you! 100 cake pops, here I come!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dairy health, myth or fact?

I am absolutely determined to have a better day today. Yes, it's early. A little too early but that's okay because Smiley Baby is still sleeping and Lovely Toddler is playing somewhat not-too-noisely by herself. Awesome. This is a really good start to my day. Yesterday was not so good. I woke up to two screaming kids wanting to get out of their jailhouse rooms. My god I can't stand that wake-up call. But today is better, I can feel it! I might take a day off of obsessing about food and just enjoy what the day has to offer. Hmmm. Now I have Lovely Toddler whining for my attention. Gotta go! So to write this up quickly:

Here's what I thought I should share with you today. The Big Milk Myth.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Deviled Easter Eggs and a Late Lunch

Deviled Easter Eggs

I love Easter but every year, a week before Easter, I forget that. Then about two nights before the Big Day, I'm reminded how I love to stuff plastic eggs with fun sugar-free treats, wrap them in crepe paper, tie and curl ribbon, stuff baskets and hide it all. It's sooo fun! And super rewarding. It might be a lot of work to wrap all 20 eggs, but hey, my kid is only going to be two years old once. I stuffed the eggs with what ALL toddlers adore: stickers. I also stuffed a few with strawberries and wrapped some dried fruit bites in coloured candy wrappers. I added markers and small toys in the baskets. My grandma and mother both sent a box of puzzles, cuddly toys and balls for the kids so I wrapped them up too and added it to the loot. (I'll post about alternative egg hunt ideas in further detail next year.)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

(Raw Vegan) Chocolate Dessert Bars

I'm sitting here finally at the computer (Husband M is away) and I thought it would be a great time to catch up on some blogging. But I can't do it without eating a treat so tonight it's a raw vanilla ice cream. I made it about 6 months ago (seriously!) and it's still sitting in my freezer. It was too sweet when I first made it but I couldn't bring myself to throw it out, I mean it's raw which means expensive nuts. Plus, it was just a little too sweet, nothing really horribly wrong with it. I just haven't wanted to eat it all these months. But tonight I was desperate. And holy it is good! The sweetness has faded in all these months and it's just perfect. Of course I had to scoop the freezer burnt top off. I guess you can freeze raw nuts for awhile after all. And all this goodness is leading me to finally post this little dessert treat that has become a favourite around this house. It's kind of like a Nanaimo bar and kind of like haystacks, and kind of like brownies. If you mix it all up, you get this. And it's healthy :-)

So i'll just cut to the chase.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Holiday Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Holiday Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free)

These cookies are great for any occasion. I made them into heart shapes for Valentines, but you can make any shape of cookies with this recipe.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cheesy Broccoli Soup (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Let me recap my morning.

I'm getting the kids ready for a play date, they are nicely dressed (well they're wearing clean clothes and *gasp* matching socks) and breakfast has been eaten. So the last step is for me to get ready and look presentable. Like kids, that means clean clothes, fixed hair, touch of makeup (although mom doesn't get the matching socks today). So I'm getting ready upstairs leaving my kids alone for 10 minutes. They can handle it.
WRONG! It looks like Lovely Toddler had other plans for me. She decided it was long overdue that I scrub every inch of the kitchen floor. She justifiably got me to wash my floor by smashing 8 eggs, a tub of yogurt and Smiley baby's breakfast on the floor. She's no fool though that smart one, she made sure to stomp around the egg mess with a pair of pink rubber boots and  a spatula at hand whacking the egg shells to bits. She was unharmed and untouched by the sticky stuff while I paraded around the kitchen at a louder-than-usual tone of voice getting unmatched socks soaked in egg, yogurt and mashed prunes. grrrrr.............

Support your BC Teachers! Please Read!

This is not a food blog post- It's a letter written by Tiffany Wainwright, a teacher in BC. The new legislation of Bill 22 in British Columbia will affect the education of all students living in BC and I feel it's important to share this letter with as many parents and soon to be parents as possible. Please read and support your teachers!!

"I’m a BC teacher who’s concerned about the direction our province is taking with regards to public education. Media attention has been focused on teacher salaries, ignoring the fact that we are discussing a wide range of issues at the bargaining table. The issues being discussed in this round of negotiations will impact your children and the future of public education. Do we care to be informed of these issues, or just to accept the media’s oversimplified interpretation?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Raw Brownies with Simplicity Raw Chocolate Frosting (sugar free and Healthy!)

It's Valentine's Day, my kids are running around wild and I'm in pijamas. It's 'heart's party' Day for my daughter so I better get ready for the big day. But I didn't want to leave you empty handed on this fun, loved-filled day. Here's my treat to you, a guilt free, healthy piece of chocolately goodness. Enjoy. xo

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Serenity Hot Chocolate (Vegan, dairy-free and sugar-free)

"Serenity Now!"

Today is definitely a "Serenity Now" kind of day. Actually, it's been a "Serenity Now" kind of week. If any of you are as much of a Seinfeld fan as me, you'll know what I mean. Yep, I've already burst and exploded a few times this week and there's more to come. And as each night passes I lay in bed reflecting on ways on how to soothe these turbulent days. My kids are great. Nothing wrong there, but when one little Chatty Baby is absolutely, completely bunged-up and the Lovely Toddler needs tons of attention that I simply can't always give her, it becomes a challenge. It's not always so easy-as-pie staying at home with the little ones. But that's not all. Oh no it's not. There's a lot cooking up in my kitchen, and not just food and blog stuff. Nope. There's TONS more cooking up in this household, lots of creating, thinking, scheming going around in here and I can't tell you what it is, but there's more to come from me.

And when it's busy-busy all day long, I definitely need little warm fuzzies to slip down my throat and make me all warm inside. There's nothing better for the ol' nerves than a good Hot Chocolate. Especially when it's cold outside and stormy inside. Husband M doesn't tolerate milk all that much, so I try to eliminate it as much as possible. And so this little concoction turned out to work wonders for the family. Unfortunately, my poor friend R was the first to try my first batch, which was terrible. I know, you're thinking how the hell do you screw up hot chocolate. Well, you can when you burn the cocoa and still serve it. Oops. Like I said, poor R. She was nice though and drank it. But now I have a much better version, one that Husband M said was blog worthy. And I sometimes need that vote of confidence.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Souper à la japonaise (Ginger Salmon with Balsamic Reduction and Wasabi Butter)

I went out with a great friend of mine in late November that I don't often see. The conversation was flowing, our energies high and the food delicious. We caught up on a couple years' conversation over great sushi, without any little persons under the age of 30. Thank God, because I definitely needed a night out. Husband M is great at putting Chatty Baby to sleep so I could spend a few hours without worry. It was such a great night, can't wait to do it all over again.